World Chess Hall of Fame Debuts New Exhibition, The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists  

The World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis debuts an innovative new exhibition, The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists, on Thursday, March 23, with a special public opening reception from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through September 24, 2017.

The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists features 20 leading local artists, writers, designers, musicians and composers whose commissioned artwork, compositions and performances celebrate the game of chess. The multi-media exhibit draws its inspiration from the groundbreaking 1944 exhibition The Imagery of Chess. This exhibit embodies the World Chess Hall of Fame’s mission to interpret the game of chess and its cultural and artistic significance and marks another significant event in the history of Saint Louis as the U.S. Capital of Chess.

“It is a privilege to work with these 20 talented artists to help bring their visions to life for The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists and showcase the rich creative talent in the Saint Louis community,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator.

Artists featured in the exhibit include: Eugenia Alexander, Brandon Anschultz, Jessica Baran & Nathaniel Farrell, Martin Brief, Bruce Burton, Juan William Chávez, Deborah Douglas, Michael Drummond, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, Nicholas Gates, Meghan Grubb, Gregg Louis, Adam Maness & Bjorn Ranheim, Peter Manion, Nika Marble, Adrienne Outlaw, Yuko Suga and Adrian Octavius Walker.

This year commemorates the fifth anniversary of the World Chess Hall of Fame. The organization has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors since it’s opening. Its widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led the United States Senate, in 2014, to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.

Admission to exhibit is complimentary with a suggested donation of $5.